Rome (2005–2007)
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Deus Impeditio Esuritori Nullus (No God Can Stop a Hungry Man) 

Seven years have passed since Antony's departure from Rome, and the former commander, dissipated and debauched - held in thrall by the charms and sexual prowess of his new bride, Cleopatra,... See full summary »



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Seven years have passed since Antony's departure from Rome, and the former commander, dissipated and debauched - held in thrall by the charms and sexual prowess of his new bride, Cleopatra, withholds precious shipments of grain from Rome, where people die in the streets from hunger. Unable to incite a war with Antony and Egypt without committing political suicide, Octavian sends Atia and Octavia to Alexandria to mediate and reason with Antony; a strategy which proves predictably unsuccessful. However, former Roman senator Posca and his wife, Jocasta, flee Alexandria with Aita and Octavia to Rome where he provides Octavian with all the ammunition he needs to bring about a war with Antony and Cleopatra. Meanwhile, Pullo has taken over the Avantine gangs of Rome. But later, a fatal blow is stricken to the torrid affair that has continued between Pullo and Gaia, as karmic debt comes to call when she saves him from the sadistic Memmino, but gets fatally wounded, and she lets it slip to ... Written by Christopher Chase (

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Actress Noa Bodner had to have all of her hair shaved off for one day of filming. On the DVD commentary track for this episode, James Purefoy referred to Bodner as 'the bravest actress in England.' Numerous other bit players suffered a similar fate during the filming of the Egyptian scenes, such as the Nubian warriors that feature prominently in this episode. See more »


At about the 32 minute mark, when Antony and Cleopatra are arguing about what to do about Atia's arrival in Alexandria, just before Cleopatra starts throwing things at Antony the body slave Charmian can be seen behind Antony, on the opposite side of him from Cleopatra. A moment later when Cleopatra actually throws something, Charmian is on the other side of the room behind Cleopatra. See more »


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Mark Antony and Octavian set the stage for war
23 July 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is seven years since Mark Antony arrived in Egypt and he is providing problems for Rome. A drought has led to a grain shortage in Rome and Mark Antony is sitting on stockpiles in Alexandria. He is demanding payment that he knows Octavian won't pay hoping to force a war. Octavian knows a war is inevitable but must first find a way to end Mark Antony's popularity amongst the common people. To this end he sends Atia and Octavia to Egypt to ask Antony to send grain; it is a win-win ploy for Octavian; if the grain is sent the people will look on him as their saviour and if Mark Antony turns them away he can tell the people that Mark Antony has spurned his loving wife and been enchanted by a foreign queen. Things work out even better than planned for Octavian as not only does Mark Antony refuse to see Atia and Octavian but Posca returns to Rome with them carrying documents that are guaranteed to turn the people against Mark Antony. Elsewhere in Rome Pullo is now living with Gaia completely unaware of her part in his wife's death, he also has his old enemy, Memmio, in a cage. When the latter escapes it ultimately leads to Gaia telling Pullo what happened years before.

This is a really good penultimate episode. Just about everything is setting things up for the confrontation that is sure to come between Mark Antony and Octavian. It is clear early on that Mark Antony is over Atia and is in thrall to the beautiful Cleopatra but even so it is a little surprising how cruelly he treats Atia and Octavia when they arrive in Alexandria. Another cruel surprise was learning what had happened to Memmio; I'd assumed he had died in the previous episode but here we learn that he has been kept like a caged animal for the last seven years. The regular cast are all on great form and Lyndsey Marshal is really impressive as Cleopatra; she is a really memorably character despite only appearing in a handful of episodes. Overall this was a classic episode of 'Rome'; it contains all the sex, violence and intrigue one has come to expect from the series.

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